By Jeremy Balan
The Lowell High School girls soccer team may not have an equal in Academic Athletic Association play, but has found plenty of solid opponents and success in non-league play.
The Cardinals hosted another tough non-league opponent on Friday and prevailed in a 2-1 win over Lick-Wilmerding amid intermittent rain showers, behind goals from sophomore Mikela Waldman and senior Taryn Estebez.
Estebez broke a 1-1 tie on a strike from 10 yards out in the 26th minute and the Cardinals (10-2) withstood a late push by Lick (1-2-1) in the final five minutes after a largely uneventful second half.
“It’s fantastic to beat a quality opponent and we’re thankful that they came out on this lousy day,” said Lowell head coach Marcos Estebez.
The first Lowell goal was scored by Waldman in the 10th minute on an assist from senior captain Alejandra Sanchez. The two forwards are the biggest scoring threats for the Cardinals, but have not been entirely in sync this season.
“It’s a work in progress and they’re getting better,” Estebez said. “They’re understanding how to look for each other and I’m encouraged by that.”
Lick responded in the 17th minute, on a goal from Toby Harris that was deflected off a corner kick from Melanie Brown.
The Tigers pressed to equalize late in the second half and had two scoring opportunities, but could not capitalize.
“It was a good even game, and I think a tie would be a fair result, to be honest,” said first-year Lick head coach Gavin Birmingham. “I think we had more possession than them, but they created better chances.”